Death in Venice

“‘You see, Aschenbach has always lived like this’ — here the speaker closed the fingers of his left hand to a fist — ‘never like this’– and he let his open hand hang relaxed from the back of his chair. It was apt.” (pg 9, translation by H.T. Lowe Porter)

“His love of the ocean had profound sources: the hard-worked artist’s longing for rest, his yearning to seek refuge from the thronging manifold shapes of his fancy in the bosom of the simple and vast; and another yearning, opposed to his art and perhaps for that very reason a lure, for the unorganized, the immeasurable, the eternal — in short, for nothingness. For was not nothingness a form of perfection?” (pg 30)

“What discipline, what precision of thought were expressed by the tense youthful perfection of this form! And yet the pure, strong will which had labored in darkness and succeeded in bringing this godlike work of art to the light of day– was it not known and familiar to him, the artist? Was not the same force at work in himself when he strove to liberate from the marble mass of language the slender forms of his art which he saw with the eye of his mind and would body forth to men as the mirror and image of spiritual beauty? Mirror and image!” (pg 43)

“Thought that can merge wholly into feeling, feeling that can merge wholly into thought — these were the artist’s highest joy.”
(pg 45)

“It had been a service, and he a soldier, like some of them; and art was war — a grilling, exhausting struggle that nowadays wore one out before one could grow old. It had been a life of self-conquest, a life against odds, dour, steadfast, abstinent; he had made it symbolical of the kind of over-strained heroism the times admired, and he was entitled to call it manly, even courageous.” (pg 55)


durchhalten, vt (German)
To survive, to hold out till the end of, to see through, to withstand, to stay the course, to persevere, stick it out, hold out grimly.

sirocco, n.
1. a. An oppressively hot and blighting wind, blowing from the north coast of Africa over the Mediterranean and affecting parts of Southern Europe (where it is also moist and depressing). Usually with the.

indolence, n.
1. Insensibility or indifference to pain; want of feeling. Obs.
2.
Freedom from pain; a state of rest or ease, in which neither pain nor pleasure is felt. Obs
3. The disposition to avoid trouble; love of ease; laziness, slothfulness, sluggishness.

carbolic, n.
esp. phenol used as a disinfectant.